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The Mark Roehl Certified Netflix Documentary List – Part 1

As I’ve written before, I gave up cable television midway through 2012. The reasons for this were numerous, but mainly, I watched a lot of crappy tv and the prices kept going up. I currently get my television through Netflix, Amazon Prime or over the air (like our ancestors!!!).

As such, I’ve watched a lot of Netflix so I thought it would be helpful to list some of the better documentaries that I’ve seen and why I liked them. This list is not in any order other than I liked all of these. Also, please note, these often appear and disappear on Netflix so they all may not be available at the current time.

1. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters – Perhaps the greatest documentary ever made. This follows various individuals as they go for the Donkey Kong world record. The people involved are infinitely fascinating and this movie has plenty of ‘wait a minute, did I just hear what I think I heard?’ moments. Unfortunately, this isn’t available for streaming at the current time but it should still be on any list of great docs.

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2. Exit Through the Giftshop – This was created by the street artist Banksy and delivers in so many ways. Anything with people named Space Invader or Mr. Brainwash is going to have me interested. This chronicles famous street artists and is well worth your time. Unfortunately, this movie also isn’t available for streaming at the current time.

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3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – One of my favorite docs, this follows the story of an 85 year old man named Jiro who runs a Michelin rated sushi restaurant in Japan. The passion and dedication is legendary and was inspiring.

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4. Somm – This documentary follows a few people who embark on their quest to pass the Master Sommelier exam. This exam is supposed to be crazy hard to pass as their are around 200 people worldwide who are certified. It was fascinating to watch people at the top of their game and all the preparation that went into this.

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5. Bronies – This documentary is about adults (mostly male) who are obsessed with ‘My Little Pony.’ After watching this documentary, all I could say is ‘It really does take all kinds.’ The crazy factor is off the charts with this. I describe this as the movie that keeps on giving. I really really liked it.

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6. Confessions of a Superhero – A documentary about the people who dress up as superheros in L.A..

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7. Spirit of the Marathon – A must watch for any of the runners out there. Chronicles several people as they get ready for a marathon. It’s very inspirational.

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8. Up for Grabs – This follows what happened with Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball…. one person caught it…. another ended up with it…. it’s much more bizarre than that.

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9. Queen of Versailles – This follows one of the wealthiest familes in America as they build a ginormous house only to have the great recession cost them their fortune.

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10. Exporting Raymond – What happens when you take one of the most successful television shows and try to bring it to Russia? This documentary follows Phil Rosenthal as he tries to do just that.

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Look for part 2 coming soon. If you’d like to comment on any of the above documentaries, feel free to drop a note below.

Life Without Cable – Fall Edition

As I’ve written about before, I’ve given up Cable Television in an effort to save money and also to better use my time. As such, periodically I write about what’s passing my time without cable. Here is the Autumn 2012 list.

Running with Tobey – In the first 6 months of the year, I averaged a little above 22 miles a month. Since I’ve given up cable, I’ve been averaging a little more than 49 miles a month. As part of this, I’ve also lost about 10-15 pounds. The weight loss can’t be traced to running, but it has certainly aided it. Prior to cutting cable, the longest run I had made this year was 4 miles. Recently I’ve run 6.5 with Tobey (new PR for him) and 5.5 with both pups (New PR for Lily). Running with both pups was a major accomplishment because it’s like running without arms.

(Mark and Tobey at the 2012 CHA Dog Jog where we raised over $1200 for homeless animals in Columbus)

Netflix – Let there be no mistake, Netflix is awesome. There are so many crazy and awesome documentaries on there. Some of my newly recommended:

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – An amazing story of someone who dedicated their life to their craft. It is amazing to see someone who is passionate about their work and what they can accomplish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this lived up to the recommendation from various people (Netflix also thought I would enjoy it).

2. Dumbstruck – This documentary had everything: inspiration, crazy and more crazy! It…. was….. awesome. Whether it was the amazing success of Terry Fator or the former Ms. Mansfield (and future Mrs. Ohio) explaining what ventriloquism meant to her or the crazy chick who had a wedding for two of her puppets. Like a wonderful train-wreck, I could not stop watching.

3. Make Believe – Who knew there were so many teenagers trying to follow their dream and become professional magicians…. also, who knew they were that good (minus the Africans, they were horrible compared to everyone else). This was a great movie that followed 6 of the world’s best young magicians as they tried out for the Teen World Championship.

Ohio State University – I’m taking an intro to Java Programming at The Ohio State University (My alma mater). When I was a bright eyed 18 year old freshman, I had dreams of becoming a CIS major. Unfortunately, that faded fairly quickly in my first programming class (Turbo Pascal (whatever that is)) when I had a socially awkward graduate student as an instructor. He insisted on naming every variable either foo or bar, which confused me beyond belief. I managed to pull a ‘B-‘, but the damage had been done.

Fast forward to now. My employer sent an email that they were offering an Intro to Java course through Ohio State that would be taught onsite. I was in. It’s been a lot harder and more time consuming that I thought it would be, but it validated that I made the right choice in majoring in Business. At this point, I’ve got a passing grade wrapped up, but since it’s an introductory course, I have to pass the final in order to pass the class. The goal is to avenge the ‘B-‘ I received my freshman year and pull down a solid ‘B’. 🙂

Other things taking up my time I didn’t write about, but hope to in the future: Pandora, Whatifsports Hardball Dynasty, OSU football, getting married, Google Nexus 7.

As always, I encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts and any documentaries or movies I should check out.